Update: Shenzhou 9 Docks With Tiangong-1

Chinese Astronauts Dock and Enter Tiangong 1 Mini-Spacelab (with video)

"Following on their successful launch on Saturday the Chinese Shenzhou-9 spacecraft docked today with the Tiangong-1 mini-spacelab and the three taikonauts lef by commander Jing Haipeng,followed by Liu Wang and then later Liu Yang, entered the small spacelab for the first time."

China Set for Historic Mission, SpaceRef

"China will launch the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft tomorrow morning at 6:37 a.m. EDT with a crew of three taikonauts (astronauts) to the Tiangong 1 spacelab which was launched at the end of September last year. The crew includes Jing Haipeng, a veteran of two other spaceflights and who will command the mission, Liu Wang and Liu Yang, the first female Chinese taikonaut. It will also marks the first time a manned crew docks with the Tiangong 1, China's small spacelab."

Marc's note: The story includes taikonauts video press briefing with english translation.

Marc's update: Shenzhou 9 lifted off on time and is now in orbit. Watch the launch replay here.

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